“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James 5:19
First, I want to say that I am not casting judgement. It is not my place to cast judgement on others. I have sinned just as you have sinned. However, as a believer in Jesus Christ who came to save the world from darkness, I am called to lead others out of darkness as well.
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
I’m going to call out some sin, some darkness, some wavering souls, some brokenness and it might make you feel convicted or even angry, but my hope is that it will move you to a deeper relationship with Jesus. My intention is not to judge you, but as Galatians 6:1 says “restore you gently”. This message is for everyone: it is for the Christian and the non-Christian. Please read carefully and openly.
I have felt for a very long time that there is something wrong in the Christian world, but I haven’t wanted to step on any toes. But I can’t hold it in any longer. I believe it is time to share my thoughts and hopefully move people towards a better understanding of Jesus.
There are people calling themselves Christians who are not acting like Christians. They are posting on social media a bible verse or something that says, “I want to be serious about my Christianity this time”, but then there is no action behind it.
There are people openly saying they are Christian, yet not walking the walk.
There are Christians who ARE walking the walk, but they are NOT talking the talk. By this I mean, they are Christians living out a "good life", but they are hiding the fact that they are Christian by not talking about it. (This was me for a big part of my life.) And by the way this is just as wrong.
“So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16
You’re either in or you’re out. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say you’re a Christian, which by the way means that you are a follower of Christ and believe in His teachings, yet deliberately go against these teachings. I understand we are human, we are not perfect, and we won’t always measure up to what it means to follow Christ. We fall short sometimes. (For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23) The important thing though is that we try to move forward in our walk with Christ daily, whether you are just starting out or you have been doing this for 50 years.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Let me tell you the coolest thing that you have probably heard before, but I hope you hear it differently this time.
God sent his son Jesus to die for your sins and for my sins. This was His way of saving humanity from the darkness of this world. The whole bible is a story of redemption and promise. Jesus is talked about even throughout the Old Testament and the prophesy is fulfilled in the New Testament, when Jesus is actually on earth.
Anyways, when God sent Jesus to earth it was not to condemn the world. The sole purpose was to save humanity. See, Jesus did call people out but it wasn’t in a condemning way. He let people know when they were doing wrong, yet He did it out of love. So Jesus didn’t come to this world and then die just to take away all your fun and call you out for everything you’ve ever done wrong. Instead, Jesus came to this fallen world to boldly say “I love you”. He is our way out. He is the way that we no longer have to hurt. He is the way that we find redemption. He is the way, the truth, and the life.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
I want to challenge all of you to live more like Christ. If you are going to call yourself a Christian then please do your best to act that way.
I challenge you to start reading your Bible. It doesn’t matter where you start, but if you don’t know where to start then I suggest starting with the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). If you don't have a Bible, there is the Bible app for your phone and the Bible is on the internet.
I challenge you to find a good church and attend regularly. But don’t just attend, try to get involved too. (You may have to attend a few to find the one that fits for you. Don’t let this discourage you.)
I challenge you to rid yourself of any sin in your life and ask for forgiveness. You may fail occasionally on this part. You may find that this won’t be an easy process. You may stoop back to your old ways, but you do not have to stay there. We serve a God that is full of grace and mercy. He wants to forgive you. He longs for you to come to Him with open arms, ready to receive from Him.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1
So wherever you stand, this challenge is for you. This challenge is to help you check yourself and to develop yourself in the secret place.
Just like the woman at the well (John 4) who was broken and had sin in her life, Jesus was her hope. She found who she was in that moment and she went to share who Jesus was. Her testimony was a big part of her story. Her testimony is what brought the other Samaritans to Jesus.
So it doesn’t matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, because Jesus is here to redeem you and provide you with hope. Let Jesus use you. Let Him change you. Your testimony is going to be a big part of your story.
If you have any questions or you need someone to be alongside you in your new journey, get in contact with me. I don’t care if I know you or if I’ve never met you, let me be there for you.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20